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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using noun prefixes in Year 3. It is divided into five sections: understand, challenge, test, explain and apply.

Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Use a dictionary to help you add one of the prefixes given to the words below them. Then explain what each new word means
  • Challenge
    Look at the pictures provided as well as the prefix clues. What are they showing? Write a sentence about each picture, making sure to include the prefix word
  • Test
    Match prefixes to their meaning, then add prefixes to the words in bold in the example sentences
  • Explain
    In your own words explain the difference between a market and a supermarket, and a national and international airport
  • Apply
    Polly is about to go on a journey. Write a passage explaining where she will go and what she will see. Use 3 prefixes in your writing to show that you know how they work.

What is a prefix?

A prefix is a combination of letters, words or numbers that can be placed before other words to change their meaning.

Prefix examples

  • un- (unpleasant, unhappy)
  • im- (impossible, improper)
  • mis- (mislead, misplace)
  • re- (reappear, reattach)
  • pre- (prefix, prehistoric)
  • dis- (disagree, disobey)

What is a noun prefix?

A noun prefix is where a prefix is added to a word, and the resulting word is a noun, for example adding mis- to ‘information’ gives you ‘misinformation’, which is a noun.

Noun prefix list

  • Anticlimax
  • Autobiography
  • Bicycle
  • Co-founder
  • Cooperation
  • Counterpoint
  • Ex-husband
  • Disinterest
  • Disobedience
  • Disorder
  • Incoherence
  • Interaction
  • Kilogram
  • Malfunction
  • Mistreatment
  • Neo-colonialism
  • Nonfiction
  • Outbuilding
  • Overtime
  • Postgraduate
  • Pseudoscience
  • Refurbishment
  • Semicircle
  • Submarine
  • Superpower
  • Ultrasound
  • Unemployment

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to add prefixes and suffixes.

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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